Spirit in the City is an annual programme of events which happen around this great feast, including music, prayer evangelisation and this evening, a procession with the Blessed Sacrament. Today is a great day for it, the feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist and he will surely take part in the events tonight, he who announced, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” when he saw Jesus. (John 1:29).
John was the first to recognise Jesus, to recognise in Him the lamb that would give itself up out of love for the world. In his homily for this solemnity, Pope Benedict XVI underlined the love that is at the heart of it.
“The change in the substance of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is the fruit of the gift that Christ made of himself, a gift of a love stronger than death, love of God which made him rise from the dead. Today we openly manifest what Jesus has given us in the intimacy of the Last Supper, because the love of Christ is not confined to the few, but is intended for all.”
And this weekend’s events hope to show that. It is not only in London that such moving public witness is taking place. In Preston this month, the Franciscans carried out a Eucharistic Flash Mob, explaining how Jesus was present in all the Prophets and scriptures. You can watch it below.
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Of related interest:
|What Catholics Believe – To anyone interested in learning something of the Catholic faith, this ‘twenty-steps’ pocket book will be a treasure. Different people have so many different questions and this booklet does not pretend to be a complete expression of the Catholic faith – but is an excellent introduction: a step on your journey to Christ.|
|YouCat – YouCat is an accessible, contemporary expression of the Catholic Faith. The appealing graphic format includes questions and answers, highly-readable commentary and summary definitions of key terms.|
|The Four Evangelists – This booklet offers digestible and attractive summaries of the life and work of each of the four Gospel writers, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. It provides an excellent overview and introduction to the structure, themes and emphasis of each of the four gospels, and for Luke and John, their other writings (Acts, Letters and Revelation) are also explored.|